"Extreme smoke pollution in Launceston City area in May was the result of burning gorse
on private property....says State Government." - Green Markets 9/07"
Tasmanian Farmer and Graziers Association members should be demanding their organisation looks
into smokeless ways to clear their land rather than advocating to keep on using fire in the first instance
that gives off large quantities of cancer-causing smoke for populations to breathe.
Many people in Tasmania would relate to non-skin cancer as we have some, if not the highest,
incidences of these cancers in Australia.
In addition we have some of the other smoke related diseases at the highest levels in Australia such as
respiratory and cardiac disease.
The World Health Organisation has made it quite clear; air pollution causes lung cancer and
particulate matter is carcinogenic to humans. Go HERE.
Despite these clear findings the TFGA is continuing to promote smoky burning as opposed to less
harmful, smokeless, fuel reduction methods. See below:
Ms Davis claims: "Of course, we are aware of the issues surrounding potential environmental smoke
hazards, but the fatal pollution to which he refers mainly involves such things as smog haze where the
particulate matter is 2.5 micrometres or less.
They are not usually generated by agricultural land uses, hazard reductions, etc."
Ms Davis will not accept for her members that farmer's smoke is primarily made up of PM2.5ís or less
and the WHO has determined that air pollution CAUSES lung cancer and particulate matter is
Farmers are capable of making some of the worst air pollution because of their low intensity smoky
It is incorrect of Ms Davis to say that cancer causing particulates are not caused by agricultural land
uses and hazard reduction burns, etc.
Wood smoke is greater than 90% Fine Particulate Matter, ie, PM 2.5 or less. (American Lung
"The majority of particles emitted from biomass burning, which includes controlled burning and
uncontrolled fires, are
ultrafine, with only a small fraction in the larger size range, and with most of the mass present in
particles less than 2.5 um in aerodynamic diameter." (WHO, 1999)
Go here to see harmful smoke produced from this type of burn.
Further, there is no "Tasmanian context" when it comes to cancer causing particulates. The WHO has
determined air pollution causes lung cancer, and particulate matter is carcinogenic.
The WHO made no exception for Tasmania farmers and graziers with its highest Group 1 cancer
We know Aboriginal fires affected Australian vegetation, but
now we have evidence they altered the monsoon too
25.10.2014: VOLUNTEER firefighter Ian Sauer will fill the chairman position on the State Fire
Mr. Sauer will oversee the roll out of the government's $28.5 million state-wide fuel reduction program,
which will use controlled burn offs to ease bushfire risk in the state.
Mr Sauer said the program was based on science with a practical application.
The whole plan is based on science, so that takes away a lot of the argument of the need to have
hazard reductionj burning, he said.
My roll over the next few months over the summer period will be liaising with a range of stakeholders
including private land owners, making sure they are on-board and they understand Mr Sauer said.
Editor: How come some 'science' is taken notice of by the fire council and not the most important
health science which the top body, the World Health Organisation based their cancer findings on?
Statistics show more people are dying as a result of inhaling particle pollution in Tasmania than are
being burnt to death by fire.
The World Health Organisation's science based health findings show that air pollution causes cancer
and particulate matter is carcinogenic. This is the latest science (October 28, 2013).
Go here to read how the state's top fire manager Ian Sauer says burning off 60,000Ha in the first
years of a $28 Million fuel reduction program would be "reckless".
Many TFGA members would be aware of horrible experiences with diseases that are associated with
smoke and yet they are going to be told it is ok to burn and make smoke.
Burning is old out-dated science when it comes to health. As stakeholders, members should insist the
TFGA promotes cleaner, healthier methods of getting rid of unwanted vegetation. Some of these
methods can be found here.